OIC reiterates support for Kashmir right to self-determination

Turkey : The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has reiterated its support for Jammu and Kashmir's right to self-determination.

In a meeting held here, on the sidelines of the 13th OIC Summit, the OIC contact group on Jammu and Kashmir voiced its continued support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir "in their legitimate struggle for the right to self-determination" in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.

Prime Minister's Saudi visit very fruitful: Heptulla

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to Saudi Arabia was quite successful in promoting India's interests and also in the fight against terror, Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla said here on Tuesday.

She also hinted at some "good news" soon from Riyadh on New Delhi's request to increase the Haj quota.

Smoking may hamper your job prospects too

New York : Young smokers please take note! Smokers face more problems in finding a job and when they do find a job, they earn considerably less than their non-smoker peers, says an interesting study.

The findings showed that at 12 months, only 27 percent of smokers had found jobs compared with 56 percent of non-smokers. Among those who had found jobs by 12 months, smokers earned on average 5 US dollars less per hour than non-smokers.

Canadian prime minister to apologise for rejecting Sikhs in 1914

Ottawa : Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday that he will offer a full apology for a government decision in 1914 to deny entry of Sikhs in the country.

"As a nation, we should never forget the prejudice suffered by the Sikh community at the hands of the Canadian government of the day. We should not and we will not," Xinhua quoted Trudeau as saying.

"That is why, next month, on May 18, I will stand in the House of Commons and offer a full apology for the Komagata Maru incident," he said.

Earthquake in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan

New Delhi : A powerful earthquake shook parts of India, Afghanistan and Pakistan on Sunday evening, officials and residents said.

The tremors jolted buildings in the national capital and surrounding regions, residents said.

The quake was also felt in Srinagar and elsewhere in Jammu and Kashmir besides Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

The tremors hit Kabul hard, Xinhua news agency said.

Pakistani media said the tremors were strongly felt in Lahore and other parts of Punjab province.

100,000 offence tickets issued by Adu Dhabi police

Abu Dhabi : The Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate issued more than 100,000 'dangerous offence' tickets to motorists during the first quarter of 2016.

Khalifa Mohamed Al Khaiaili, acting deputy director of the directorate, said: "Exceeding maximum speed limits by more than 60 km per hour was one of the most frequently issued 'dangerous offence' tickets during the period, accounting for 14 percent of total offences, using mobile phones (up to 10 percent); failure to fasten seat belts (up to 18 percent); and the use of faulty worn-out tires (up to 8 percent)."

Manipur reshuffle row: Ministers claim majority support

Imphal : Ministers in Congress-ruled Manipur say they have majority support in the party -- and so don't want to be axed at the behest of dissidents.

They claim the backing of 26 of the 48 Congress legislators, making it clear it is they and not the dissident legislators who should be appeased.

A minister who did not want to be named told IANS: "We have submitted a memorandum by 26 CLP (Congress Legislature Party) members requesting the high command not to reshuffle the ministry as the next elections are round the corner.

Iceland reaffirms support for India's permanent UNSC seat

New Delhi : Iceland's Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson on Tuesday reaffirmed his country's support for a permanent seat for India in the UN Security Council.

Israel awaiting Modi's visit

New Delhi : Israel is waiting for the first ever bilateral visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as it will bring the country closer to India, Israeli Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel said on Tuesday.

“We are expecting Prime Minister Modi to visit Israel,” Ariel said while addressing the media after inaugurating the Israeli pavilion at the India Water Week exhibition here along with union Minister of State for Water Resources Sanwar Lal Jat.

“We are preparing for this visit. It will bring the two countries closer,” he said.

Indian Americans condemn Saudi award for Prime Minister Modi

Award defies logic given Modi’s record before and after taking office as Prime Minister

By TCN News,

Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India's pluralist and tolerant ethos has condemned the Saudi government’s decision to confer Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the nation’s highest civilian award.